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How can you enter the Academy Process?

Christian Wade - One of Wasps Academy talents

Christian Wade - One of Wasps Academy talents

Introduction

It is recommended that you read our information About the Academy before this page.

Progression

Entry to the Academy process can be at any stage from 13 to 21, as professional rugby players quite often come into the game as late as 16 yrs - sometimes even later.

However, a normal route into the Academy usually begins by gaining nomination for a trial assessment into the county School of Rugby (SOR) programme. It is from here that Wasps, who are involved in the assessment process, first engage with the player. SOR trialists are usually between the ages of 13 and 16. As a player progresses through the SOR age groups, continuous assessment will take place to identify players capable of moving up into the Elite Player Development Group (EPDG).

The EPDG will normally invite players to join from the age of 16. However there are always exceptions to this - indeed players who perform well at county or divisional U18 age group levels may be invited directly into EPDG sessions even though they may not have been previously involved in a SOR programme.

A small, selected group EPDG squad members will progress directly into the Regional Academy level, usually when they are aged U16 to U18.

Entry Requirements

Requirements for entry in the Academy process are based on playing performance, athleticism and technical skill levels. At the initial stages of SOR assessment, the process involves technical and game effectiveness after which a selected group will complete FAST fitness tests conducted by Wasps. Those reaching the required levels are offered a place on the SOR development programme. Borderline cases are offered a second assessment later within the year.

Even though the selection process is thorough, we do recognise that some players develop later or may have been missed, so the entry process is repeated annually. The end result of the process is a group of top performing rugby players with high levels of athletic ability.

Wasps Academy is sponsored by Causeway Technologies.